|Latin name||Tripneustes ventricosus|
|Common name||Sea egg|
|Family||Echinoidea - Tripneustes|
|Origin||The Mexican Golf|
|Max length||10 cm (3.9")|
As aquarium fish
Rearranges rocks and sand
This species has a habit of rearranging rocks and sand.
Make sure rocks are placed securely on the substrate, so they cannot toppled over.
These Sea Urchins require a larger area with sand and coralline algae to thrive in the aquarium.
Family description (Echinoidea)
Sea urchins are often used to keep various algae at bay.
They are very effective algae eaters, and will eat anything from coralline algae to green hair algae.
Sea urchins must not be kept in an aquarium with few algae, as they may starve to death.
Sea urchins should be acclimatized slowly, due to sensitivity towards changes in salinity.
References and further reading
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2003. Sea Urchins, A Testy Subject - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Bob Fenner. Some Spines Now! Sea Urchins (and Sand Dollars), the Echinoids, Pt. 1, Pt. 2 - Wet Web Media - (English)
|destructive, herbivore, algae eater|